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Playing it Safe: Email Encryption for Your Business

Playing it Safe: Email Encryption for Your Business

Oct 06 2014

Think about the amount of sensitive information that is transferred and communicated over email on a daily basis. Confidentiality is the bedrock of many businesses’ relationships with their customers. This privilege is at risk every time you send an email.

Need for Email Encryption Is at Its Peak

Email encryption reduces the risk of your emails being read by hackers and unknown entities by obscuring the content of the email to prevent people other than the sender and the receptor from reading it. Additionally, encryption can provide proof that the document was received and disable the forwarding option so that the message cannot be forwarded.

The post office offers a number of means of tracking messages — sending the letter certified, asking for a return receipt, etc. Wouldn't you want to protect your email in the same way?

It is important to note that you should sign or encrypt all of your messages, not just the confidential or sensitive ones. If you only encrypt a single email message because it contains your credit card information and an attacker is intercepting your email traffic, they will see that 99% of your email is unencrypted, and one message is encrypted - making it very obvious which email contains the sensitive information.

Benefits of Encryption

  • Assists your organization in meeting standards and regulations
  • Provides proof that emails were received by the appropriate person
  • Streamlines existing email workflow to help prevent unnecessary data breeches
  • Works for small and large organizations

SouthData offers email encryption services to ensure that your customer communications and important business matters are kept confidential.